Events , Governance & Risk Management , Operational Technology (OT)

Building Your OT Security Business Case

Rick Kaun Shares Strategic Paths for Advanced Operational Security
Rick Kaun, vice president, solutions, Verve Industrial Protection, a Rockwell Automation Company

Despite the persistent threats and complexities in the OT world, it's tough for security practitioners to define a clear business case. Rick Kaun, vice president of solutions at Verve Industrial Protection, a Rockwell Automation Company, emphasized the nuanced approach required for building effective security frameworks.

Kaun highlighted a major OT security challenge: While many organizations report having numerous vulnerabilities, patches or critical issues, the real value is in being able to not only quantify these issues but also identify the specific assets they affect.

"In OT, it's really hard to be able to definitively state the problem. We've been inheriting technical debt for many, many years. We've got legacy equipment everywhere, very complex networks and environments," Kaun said.

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2024, Kaun also discussed:

  • Ownership and collaboration in a converged IT/OT environment;
  • Building a business case for OT security;
  • Taking a holistic approach to OT security challenges.

Kaun is an OT cybersecurity thought leader, evangelist, advocate and solution provider with more than 27 years of experience in the identification and development space.

About the Author

Anna Delaney

Anna Delaney

Director, Productions, ISMG

An experienced broadcast journalist, Delaney conducts interviews with senior cybersecurity leaders around the world. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of the website for The European Information Security Summit, or TEISS. Earlier, she worked at Levant TV and Resonance FM and served as a researcher at the BBC and ITV in their documentary and factual TV departments.

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